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Mobiles most popular way to access the internet

The Communications Report 2016-17 of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was tabled in Parliament on 8 December.

The ACMA’s report to the Minister for Communications provides an overview of the industry’s performance against key regulatory obligations and standards.

The report found that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access and that the trend towards mobile-only communications continues with 6.67 million Australian adults having only a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.

Nerida O’Loughlin, Chair of the ACMA, noted that,

“We are downloading, consuming and creating more data and content than ever before. We are also communicating in ways that we couldn’t have predicted a decade—or even five years—ago.”


“‘Where demand leads, investment follows. Mobile operators, for example, announced plans for billion dollar improvements to Australia’s 4G network in 2016–17, paving the way for more data-intensive activities over mobile,”  Ms O’Loughlin added.

 Chris Althaus, AMTA CEO reflected in AMTA’s annual report that,

“While 4G and its own evolutionary path will continue to evolve to meet market needs, the integration of 5G technology will further enhance the role of mobile telecommunications as a driver and enabler of productivity and connectivity throughout the Australian economy.”

The ACMA report also noted that mobile services in operation (voice and data) numbered 33.64 million in June 2017 which was a 3% increase on June 2016.

Mobile network operators reported 4G network coverage that is now in the range of 96-99% of the Australian population.

You can download the full report from the ACMA website here.

15 Dec 2017


AMTA welcomes deployment regulation amendments

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the announcement today from the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, regarding the progression of 10 reforms to the regulations governing the deployment of wireless and mobile networks in Australia; as well as further consultation on 11 other proposed reforms. In welcoming the announcement, AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus noted the Government’s reform package will go some way towards enabling the deployment of the next generation 5G mobile networks which are expected to bring significant improvements in speed, quality and capacity for Australia’s data hungry consumers.  But he also noted there was still more to do. “This is a welcome and very important first step - in what we hope will be an ongoing engagement with government and stakeholders to develop a dynamic regulatory framework to meet the deployment challenges of next generation networks.

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5G gains momentum in 2018

AMTA is confident that the Government's 5G priorities will add momentum to our ongoing efforts to engage with industry verticals and the respective government departments outside of the communications portfolio with regard to the broader economic and social benefits of 5G.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.